The 5-foot-9, 140-pound senior midfielder led the Hawklets to a 27-3 record and the Class 4 state championship this past season. Ruark scored 26 goals and passed for 13 assists, tallying a goal and an assist in Rockhurst’s 3-2 win over Vianney High in the state final. The Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 4 Player of the Year, Ruark was an All-American selection by United Soccer Coaches. He concluded his prep soccer career with 34 goals and 37 assists.
A National Merit Scholar, Ruark has maintained a weighted 4.03 GPA in the classroom. He has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Chicago, where he will play soccer, beginning this fall.
Ruark organized a soccer equipment drive to help disadvantaged youth in Belize. A member of his school’s Latin Club and Philosophy Club, he has volunteered locally as a youth tutor and as a soccer coach. “Kyle was the heart of the Rockhurst midfield,” said Dave Wiebenga, head coach of Lee’s Summit High. “He ran the entire system, and his play dictated the team. His high standard of play influenced the players around him to be more successful.”